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Taking down the internet: possible but how probable?

Taylor Armerding | Oct. 7, 2016
Unknown players – probably a nation state – are probing the defenses of the core infrastructure of the internet. How worried should we be?

Kaminsky said he thinks the US needs, “an NIH (National Institute of Health) for cyber.” He also called for more resources. “More nerds, more resources, more structure, absolute bureaucratic firewall against the offense guys,” he said.

Israel Barak, CISO at Cybereason, said it will take more of what Congress and the Obama administration have called for with the Cyber Information Sharing Act (CISA), but which still is not a reality.

Rapid detection and response, “requires tight cooperation, integration and information sharing between a large number of Internet Service Providers, CERT organizations, law enforcement, and government agencies,” he said, “backed up by supporting government regulation related to the permitted scope of lawful interception and privacy regulations. We’re very far from this today.”


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